The Cosmosphere International SciEd Center & Space Museum includes a collection of U.S. space artifacts second only to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, and the largest collection of Russian space artifacts outside of Moscow. This unique collection allows the Cosmosphere to tell the story of the Space Race better than any museum in the world while offering fully immersive education experiences that meet the Next Generation Science Standards and introduce students to the power of wondering—asking the critical questions that lead to discovery. The Cosmosphere also features the Carey Digital Dome Theater offering documentary showings daily and recently-released feature films on weekends; the newly renovated Justice Planetarium and Dr. Goddard’s Lab, where visitors experience live science demonstrations daily.
I can't believe we stumbled upon such an amazing place! We were doing a cross country road trip and I wanted to see an SR-71. That is how we found the Cosmosphere, but it is so much more! The museum is so well done, the story of the space program from all sides is so well told. From Hitler in the V-1 and V-2 Rockets, through the cold war, and the space race, right up to modern day. This museum is amazing and I highly encourage you to spend at least 3-5 hours exploring, it is well worth it.
I couldn't recommend this place more. I wanted to visit not knowing what to expect. The downstairs gallery is world class with highly detailed and informative exhibits and rare documents and spacecraft from history. An easy 1 hour drive from Wichita and well worth the trip.
A must see for any space nerd or history buff. The museum is deceivingly large so make sure to budget plenty of time here. The amount of information and space artifacts located here truly makes this museum a hidden treasure.
The best space museum I've ever seen and I've been to the Kennedy Space Center and the Smithsonian. A lot of their stuff is actual artifacts, not styrofoam mock-ups. Lots of German WW2 items and the most Russian artifacts I've seen anywhere. They have the actual Apollo 13 capsule and a Blackbird. If u are a space enthusiast you definitely should made a trip there.
I really hate this program. I feel like it needs more interesting information. The fist time I went there, the person guiding us didn't even say anything to us. He even pushed my 7 year old son because he was "annoying him". I hope he gets fired.